The Opportunists (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  11 August 2000 (USA)
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A struggling auto mechanic with a criminal past agrees to one last heist to pay off his debts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael 'Mikey' Lawler, aka Michael Kelly (as Peter Mcdonald)
Anne Pitoniak ...
Aunt Diedre 'Dee'
Rest Home Sister
Rest Home Priest
Pat Duffy
Sally Mahon
Paul D'Amato ...
Arnon Morris
Ismail Espinoza
Jesus Del Toro (as Jose Zuniga)
Branden Vega ...
Tony Del Toro


Vic is a struggling auto mechanic with a safe-cracking past and a lot of debt. His girlfriend runs a bar and offers to loan him the money she's saved for remodeling, but Vic is reluctant to take it. When a long-lost cousin from Ireland shows up on his doorstep, the two team up for one last heist. Written by Anonymous

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Crime pays. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alkalom szüli a...  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$46,967 (USA) (11 August 2000)


$581,142 (USA) (3 November 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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When they are renovating the bar, the painter in the background is moving the paint roller up and down the wall, but no paint is transferring onto the wall. See more »

Crazy Credits

Thanks to Ma Connell and the clan. Special thanks to Adele, Bobby and the rest of the gang at Buffa's. See more »


Can't Win
Written by Dave Richardson (as Richardson), Clifton Knight (as Knight) and Lester Johnson (as Johnson)
Performed by The Invincibles
Published by Circle Seven Music Co. (BMI)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Cyndi Lauper steals this film.
7 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Even though it's not a big budget film, it is the acting that makes this movie so enjoyable to watch. Each of the actors gives a believable performance.

I already knew that she was a very talented singer/songwriter but who would have guessed that Cyndi Lauper was such a wonderful actor. It's a pity that she didn't have a larger role. I hope that she continues with her acting.

The DVD contains absolutely no extras - not even the movie trailer. It was never given a cinema release in Austalia but turned up on DVD at a budget price.

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